Taylor Captures Glen Pole
August 10, 2012 | 6:17 P.M. EST
Ricky Taylor claimed the pole for Saturday's Continental Tire 200 at Watkins Glen International. His SunTrust Racing team is the defending winner. (Photo: GRAND-AM)
SunTrust Racing will start Saturday's Continental Tire 200 at Watkins Glen International right where the team finished last year's race: at the front of the field.
Ricky Taylor - who teamed up with Max Angelelli to win the 2011 running of this race - put his No. 10 Corvette DP into the No. 1 position Friday with a lap of 133.557 miles per hour during GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying. Taylor will share the front row with Antonio Garcia, whose Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette was second-quick at 133.249 mph around the 2.45-mile road course.
"I think we have good cars here every time," said Taylor, who recently celebrated his 23rd birthday. "Every race, we feel like we have a winning car. We had a good tire test a few weeks ago that kind of set the stage for us coming here and unloading well. That was important because we ended up having no dry practice before qualifying."
Teams practiced on a wet track Friday morning, with Angelelli third-quickest in the opening session.
"It was nice to have that confidence about brake zones and everything," Taylor said of his qualifying run later in the day. "I thank the team for giving me such a good car."
It's Taylor's 10th career pole and second this season.
Garcia missed the pole by three-tenths of a second but was fast enough to give Chevrolet a sweep of the top two starting spots.
"I just got out and tried to feel as soon as possible what the car was doing," he said. "It was more difficult for me because most of the guys and my teammate were here testing and basically, I had to remember from last year where to brake into (Turn) 10 and some other things. But the car felt good."
DP points leader Memo Rojas qualified fifth in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley. He and teammate Scott Pruett carry an 11-point championship lead into the final four races of the season.
Boris Said put his No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette into the No. 1 starting spot in GT with a lap of 121.364 mph. John Edwards qualified second in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R at 120.240 mph.
"I love this place," Said noted after notching his fifth career pole. "GT racing is so close and fierce, and the Corvette is a fun car to drive. It handles great and wherever you put it, it goes.
Motor Racing Network will have live coverage of Saturday's Continental Tire 200 Presented by Dunn Tire at 5:45 p.m. (EDT) - with live streaming at MotorRacingNetwork.com.